Community Appearance Awards

The 2020 Community Appearance Awards Program will be held as a virtual event on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The event can be viewed on the City of Winston-Salem’s YouTube channel.

The keynote speaker for the event is Rodney Swink, FASLA, PLA. Mr. Swink is a licensed landscape architect and Senior Associate for Planning and Development at PlaceEconomics, a Washington, DC-based real estate and economic development consulting firm specializing in downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. He is also a Professor of the Practice at North Carolina State University’s College of Design and an independent consultant to local governments, nonprofits, and firms interested in community development and downtown revitalization.

See Rodney Swink’s complete bio.

Award Judges

Awards are chosen based on project merit by either the Community Appearance Commission (CAC), Winston-Salem Section of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), or a jury panel. The jury panel is made of design and planning professionals who live and work outside of Forsyth County.

Selection Criteria

Awards are given based on the project merit, as determined by the selection criteria:

  • Contributes significantly to the improvement of community appearance
  • Exhibits a high standard of excellence in design
  • Preserves or restores desirable natural features of the site or area
  • Develops a noteworthy process of community involvement, which has brought about an improvement in the character and appearance of the community

Past Appearance Award Winners & Presentations